Three students who say the University of Notre Dame should include contraception in its health care coverage have been allowed to intervene anonymously in their school’s lawsuit challenging the federal government’s birth-control mandate.
The three unidentified women say they are entitled to participate in the lawsuit because they will be directly affected by its outcome.
Notre Dame’s suit against the Department of Health and Human Services challenges the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that religious employers contracting with third-party providers must offer contraception as part of their health care coverage.
Notre Dame argues that the government does not have the right to impose any rules on the university that violate its Catholic principles and instead should extend the same blanket exemption applied to houses of worship.
In December, a judge ruled against Notre Dame’s lawsuit, and the university appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. The women filed their motion for intervention anonymously in the appellate court.
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